Chattering Mind
January 2007 Archives

In response to yesterday’s post about personal transformation, a thoughtful CM reader named Barb wrote this: I’m a woman who’s 48-years-old and am a primary caregiver for a special needs son who has seizures, and is both mentally and physically […]

“Every sentient being has the potential to be a Buddha…every mind, every sentient being; the ultimate nature of mind is pure.” –His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his explanation of the Heart Sutra, a meditation I’ve been doing at home […]

I love this short conversation with Deepak Chopra on how to make the world a better place. His helpful formula can be boiled down to three words: “Transform, Serve, Connect.” Today, let’s just look at the first part: transformation. A […]

Drop your subscription to Allure and start subscribing to bitch, a magazine that has billed itself as a “feminist response to pop culture” for more than a decade. This publication’s brazen quality may seem off-putting at first if you’re older […]

When Chattering son number one came down to the planet, I purchased a $30, 12-inch-square blanket deliberately manufactured to be a beloved “bankie” like Linus had in the cartoon strip “Peanuts.” The famous object relations theorist D.W. Winnicottcalled these transitional […]

We have a ritual at our house. I should have mentioned it yesterday. Come what may, school be damned, we get our kids (now 10 and 12) to sit through the State of the Union address, significant political debates, and […]

Al Gore was really the second environmentally-attuned presidential candidate we’d ever had (preceded only by California governor Jerry Brown), but despite the fact that Gore was talking about ecology and the human spirit in the mid 1980s, he wasn’t viewed […]

“Your assertion of nothingness at the end of our mortal lives is no more and no less verifiable than my assertion of somethingness. And yet I do not accuse you of lying–to yourself or to others. I respect your existential […]

“Human life is a journey whose end is not in sight. Searching, longing and questioning is in our DNA. Who we are and what we will become is determined by the questions that animate us, and by those we refuse […]

Here’s a lovely old song from World War I that articulates timely sentiments for me: “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier,I brought him up to be my pride and joy.Who dares to place a musket on his […]